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Noctua is always looking to push the boundaries of CPU coolers. Some may think this is like reinventing the wheel but luckily the company is talented enough to push the established methods to new heights.
Enter Noctua's latest Skunkworks like project, flat plane heat pipes for vertical integration.
When heat pipes are bent the inner diameter shrinks causing a bit of a bottleneck, although small. By placing the heat pipes vertically Noctua can fit several more, and place in closer to the actual heat source.
Computex 2014 - Each year I make it a point to meet with Noctua at Computex. Since the company doesn't attend many shows each year, it's nce to get to see upcoming hardware coming from the company. We also get to see our old time friend Jakob whom we have a great relationship with. This year the company went all out with several prototype products on display.
One of my favorite products was this small, 2u capable coolers with dual 60mm fans.
Moving down the prototype list, the company designed two offset coolers that leave room for VGA and other large PCI devices in the top slot next to the cooler.
Computex 2014 - Noctua's booth was bursting at the seams with new cooler technology, as per usual, at Computex 2014. Noctua is a premium cooler supplier that offers coolers not only for consumer applications but for server cooling as well. They also offer a wide range of industrial application fans and other goodies.
Noctua is working on a new larger fan to be used in case cooling, such as the large side fans we see on a lot of computer cases. The new A-Series fans come in sizes off 80, 90, and 200mm. They feature optimized bearings, optimized acoustic optimization and integrated anti-vibration pads. Thee large 200mm fan is very robust, and its solid construction doesn't bend or flex like other large fans on the market.
It's always nice to see the TweakTown logo out and about at shows, and Noctua even had a dedicated card with the opinion of our resident CPU cooler guru Chad Sebring. To paraphrase Chad on the NH-D15; "...how can you deny an air cooler that tops all the others on the charts, and does it with less noise than all the rest."
Computex 2014 - While it's not much; over at the MSI booth we saw the company showing off the heat sink prototype for its next generation Twin Frozr cooler the Twin Frozr V. To the right you can see that it's going to be come in under the Gaming Series as you'd expect and use MSIs Propeller Blade Technology.
Looking in a bit closer we can see the massive heat sink that will sit over the core and what looks to be a total of six heat pipes coming out of the card. You can see based on this design it will of course be a dual fan setup and surely an improvement over the current Twin Frozr IV cooler. We can't deny, though, that the current Twin Frozr IV is one of the best VGA coolers on the market. It will be interesting to see just what kind of improvements the latest version brings to the table when released.
Computex 2014 - Hanging out with Fractal Design at their Grand Hyatt suite we got a chance to see first hand the new X5 series of cases which brings with it four new models expanding what is already a very strong lineup of cases that hit at an aggressive price point.
The 3500 and 3500W; a wide body variant both are ATX Mid Towers while the 2500 is a slimmer Mid-tower while the lineup is finished off with the 1500; a compact mini tower supporting mATX. Along with that line up; we also got a chance to check out the new Node 804 in it's very square design. Supporting both Micro-ATX and mITX; this very cool looking case is due to hit soon.
Computex 2014 - Last week, we had the pleasure of checking out the In Win factory, where the company makes a massive one million computer cases per month. Once Computex kicked off, we showed you the awesome S-Frame and D-Frame Mini cases, but now we have something a little different, the H-Frame Mini. There's a video overview below, and some more details and pictures below.
Inside of the In Win we have a Core i5 processor from Intel, water cooled with EK Components' goodies, ASUS ROG Maximus VI Impact miniITX motherboard, 8GB of Corsair's Dominator GT RAM, two USB 3.0 ports up front, and Intel's 530 Series 120GB SSD. All in all, it's a work of art, something that really stops you in your tracks when walking through the halls of Nangang.
Computex 2014 - Something that BitFenix was showing off at Computex this year was the absolutely huge, but undeniably gorgeous ATLAS chassis. It is massive, capable of taking 10 x 3.5-inch HDDs, and 6 x 2.5-inch drives for a total of sixteen HDDs - yes, 16!
Cooling wise, it can take 20 fans in total, with 6 up the front, 6 at the top, 6 at the bottom and 2 at the rear - all 120mm. When we talk dimensions, it begins to get quite huge - with 383 x 443 x 541mm. It's not for the faint hearted, but you might as well live life on the edge, right? BitFenix told us that this isn't the final design of the ATLAS, with the final design most likely being a bit smaller than what we saw on the show floor.
Computex 2014 - Knowing for creating a fantastic line of cases that hit at an extremely aggressive price point the team over at Fractal Design have got their eyes on the AIO Water Cooling market. Our first look at what's on offer gets us excited of what the company has put together.
The new Kelvin Series all-in-one Water Cooling kits offer three versions straight away. The T12, S24 and S36 are a single, double or triple 120mm radiator kit. Supporting all the standard Intel and AMD mounts these AIO kits offer a long list of features including Fractal Design Silent Series HP 120mm fans, PWM control, Alphacool DC-LT, creaming bearing bump with a speed of 2400 RPM pushing 72 L/H of water ad just 25dB.
With a refill point sitting above the copper heat sink and barbs that can be removed to allow for easy expansion. We can't deny that the new Kelvin Series of AIO Water Coolers from Fractal have peaked out interest.
With an overall sleek design and the aggressive price point Fractal Design has promised to hit at; there's no denying that they're ready to compete with everyone in this highly competitive area. Make sure you keep an eye out for a review as we're sure to get a sample in the coming weeks.
Computex 2014 - It's not a Computex without Thermaltake showing off some impressive cases, with this year's trade show being no exception at all.
We're going to start with the beautiful Level 10 Titanium Limited Edition, something you can see above.
Computex 2014: When we were on our factory tour of In Win, they showed us the incredible new S-Frame chassis. The S-Frame chassis is built-in painstaking detail, so don't expect many of them to be in the wild - with just 500 units being constructed in the first batch.
After those 500 have been made, we'll have to wait and see if In Win make anymore, and if they do, there'll only be 50 made per month. At $799, they're not for everyone, but there are definitely going to be people lining up to be one of those first 500, that's for sure. It definitely is a thing of beauty, so take a look at the photos and video we have on In Win's new S-Frame chassis.